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Lendava (Municipality, Slovenia)


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[Flag of Lendava]by Željko Heimer

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Presentation of Lendava

Lendava (in Hungarian, Lendva) is a town and municipality in far north-west of Slovenia, in a region called Prekmurje ("over the Mura river"), Before the First World War, it was part of Hungarian Kindgom (within the Austro-Hungarian Empire), and there is still a considerable Hungarian community living there. Lendava region is known among other things for the oil production, exceptional for Slovenia.

Željko Heimer, 22 November 1999

Municipal flag of Lendava

The coat of arms and flag of Lendava are prescribed by decision Odlok o grbu in zastavi Občine Lendava, adopted on 12 September 1996, published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije 96/54 on 27 November 1996, with effect on 4 October 1996.

The decision shown in the official gazette does not have a graphical representation of the coat of arms and flag, but only their description.

Here is the translation of this (ambiguous) description:

The flag of the Municipality of Lendava is made in proportions of the sides 1:3 (width:height). Along vertical axis it is divided in three fields. The first field is green, the second is silver and in the middle it contains the local coat of arms. The coat of arms is proped to the first fourth of the white field and ended on the third fourth of the white field.

The colours are defined in the same way as in the coat of arms (though, in both places it is misspelled "Feflex" instead of Reflex).

The flag is hoisted either alone, or with both the flag of the Republic of Slovenia and the flag of Hungarian ethnical community (as far as I know, such a flag is nowhere defined by Slovenian legislation, though some flag laws mention it, together with the right of its usage - I guess it is given to the Hungarian community to choose what their flag is, and in practice that means it is the Hungarian flag, with or without the Hungarian coat of arms, as they please).

Željko Heimer, 22 November 1999

The flag (ratio 3:1) of Lendava is divided in three equal parts: green, white and blue. On the center of the white field there is the municipal coat of arms. The blue field is divided in three parts by two white stripes (proportions are blue:white:blue:white:blue = 2:1:2:1:2).

István Molnár, 2 August 2001

Coat of arms of Lendava

[Coat of arms of Lendava]by Željko Heimer

The coat of arms is described in the decision as follows:

... on a blue shield of late Gothic shape. On it there is a rectangular fort standing on a green mount, under which there are running three silver (white) creeks in shield base. The fort is topped with a triangular roof, that bears a gold (yellow) triangular flag.

The colours are determined by Pantone and CMYK (same for the flag):

Iconographical source: Lendava municipal website.

The coat of arms was designed by Katjusa Kranjc

Zalokar [zal90] reports the "coat of arms" used by Lendava before the 1990s. I estimate it was adopted around 1980.
The emblem is a circular bas-relief medal picturing the old city of Lendava and oil derricks around a printing press. The old city (in the sinister end of the medal) is easily recognizable in comparison with current symbols. The printing press is included as in Lendava was the oldest printing shop in Slovenia. The oil derricks stand for the oil production in Lendava.

Željko Heimer, 11 September 2004